100998 | FRANCE. Paris. Napoleon III tin Medal.
100998 | FRANCE. Paris. Napoleon III tin Medal. Issued 1855 for the International Exhibition (50mm, 48.52 g, 12h). By Caqué & Massonnet.
NAPOLÉON III EMPEREUR, bare head left / PALAIS DE L'INDUSTRIE, perspective view of the Palais de l'industrie; in five lines in exergue, MÉDAILLES DE L'EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE / FRAPPÉES DANS LE PALAIS DE L'INDUSTRIE / AU MOYEN D'UNE PRESSE MONETAIRE / DE LA MAISON CAIL & CIE / PARIS 1855. Edge: Plain.
Collignon 1686. Choice Mint State. Deeply toned surfaces, with a charming pull away nature more noted on the obverse and some underlying luster peeking through; some hints of cobalt and magenta highlight the reverse.
Visited by over five million attendees, the Paris expo in 1855 was focused upon agriculture, industry, and the arts. Of note, Napoleon III, still somewhat new as Emperor of the French at the time of the expo, called for a classification of France's best Bordeaux, whereby they would be ranked by the reputation of the producing château and trading price of the wine—aspects which don't exactly comport today.